Power Changers wins second award

The joint CMD, Victorian Government and industry project, Power Changers, to reduce household power use and ease impact on the energy grid has won a second industry award.

The randomised controlled trial, led by the CMD Director of Capability Building, Associate Professor David Byrne, in partnership with energy distributor Jemena and the Victorian Government, won the Information Technology Project of the Year (Australia) Award at the Asian Power Awards in Malaysia this week.

It's the second award for Power Changers, which received Best Customer Innovation Award at the Digital Utility Awards in March this year.

More than 600 households in Alphington, Craigieburn, Eaglemont, Ivanhoe and Ivanhoe East registered for the four-month trial, to reduce their electricity consumption during peak times on hot days.

At the end of the trial, average peak electricity consumption on hot days was down between 23 and 35 per cent.

The project was runner-up in Energy Network Australia's 2018 Innovation Award.